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Baraka Build Trip November 2024

1st Nov 2024 - 10th Nov 2024

10 days/Zambia /Project Trip


This is a unique trip that gives you the opportunity to make a genuine difference for some African children.

We will be spending the week assisting at a build project with Baraka Community Partnerships.

Baraka Community Partnerships supports over 30 schools in one form or another amongst various other projects. All of these schools are drastically under-resourced with a chronic shortage of adequate infrastructure.

Once the trip is confirmed, Baraka will select a suitable school that will be in desperate need of support and where the group will help build a classroom or a toilet block, depending on the amount of funds raised. We will also help renovate other existing classrooms as well as spending a day helping out at Baraka’s Learning Centre.

There is also a chance to extend your stay with a trip to Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park.

You don’t need any building experience to take part — just enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard and the desire to make a difference!

This unique trip gives you the opportunity to make a genuine difference for some of Zambia’s children. Working on the projects and a willingness to muck in is appreciated by the locals who find all our efforts useful.

Zambia has a generally laid-back attitude across the country and sometimes things take longer to happen than you would expect, this is often affectionately referred to as ‘African time’. You should be prepared for the odd last-minute change of plan and it’s important you allow a degree of flexibility.

The group will generally be between 12 and 15 people. Andy McKee is leading the tour on behalf of Baraka Community Partnerships. He will be assisted by Zambian colleagues and friends. You will also be accompanied by build manager Ant Waugh and Different Travel tour manager Jill Hopkins.

The minimum age to participate in this trip is 18 years old, or 15-17 if accompanied by an adult.

Accommodation in Kabwe and Lusaka is in chalets that are comfortable but in Lusaka they are in need of a bit of care.

We will also be staying one night at the Marriot Protea Hotel Safari Lodge – located within its own private game reserve of 2,500 acres with lovely gardens where you can relax and enjoy the wildlife.

The trip cost is based on two sharing a room. If you do not have a travel partner you will be assigned a room-mate of the same gender. If you would like to request a single room, this is available for £250, on a first-come, first-served basis and is subject to availability. Please state this on your booking form.

The rainy season runs from mid-November to April so there is a chance of rain. The daily highs are up to 31°C, hovering around 25°C on average each day and dropping to 18°C at night. There is around 12.5 hours of daylight per day with a humidity of around 62% depending on where we are. Kabwe is cooler than Lusaka.

A lot of the food you will eat on this trip will be Western in style.

Maize is the staple food crop for much of the population of Zambia. Other produce includes cassava (a root vegetable), cowpeas, peanuts, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.

Typical meals include cereal, bread, jam, eggs and sausages for breakfast; sandwiches for lunch; and beef or chicken with lots of vegetables for dinner.

If we are informed in advance, the majority of special diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc. or any dietary preferences can be catered for to the best of The Different Travel Company’s, and our local partners’, ability. However, we cannot guarantee that food preparation will have taken place in a contamination free environment.

You will never be asked to do anything outside your physical capabilities and teamwork will be encouraged at all times. No volunteer should feel they have to do something they are not happy or comfortable doing. Be open and honest if you feel you cannot do what you have been asked to. If you do have any reservations about any job you are assigned, please do not hesitate to raise these with Andy.

The tour manager for this trip is ….

jill hopkins Jill


Day 1-2 (Friday 1 – Saturday 2 November 2024):

London – Lusaka
We travel together from London on an overnight flight to Lusaka. On arrival we transfer to Eureka Lodge. This evening we will have a briefing about the days ahead. Eureka Lodge is a nice base with thatched chalets and tame wildlife roaming around. It is not unusual to walk around the grounds and come face to face with a giraffe or zebra!
Meals: Dinner

Day 3 (Sunday 3 November 2024):

Lusaka – Kabwe
After breakfast we transfer to the Luagwa Safari Lodge in Kabwe. This will be our base for the next 6 nights. Journey time is around 4 hours depending on traffic.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Days 4 – 8 (Monday 4 – Friday 8 November 2024):

We will spend the next few days assisting Baraka Community Partnerships at a build project. More details of the work we will carry out to follow but it is likely that we will be working on building a classroom or toilet block.

We will also take the chance to visit the Baraka Learning Centre to learn more about the work they carry out in the area. This is Baraka’s main project and serves thousands of children and around 30 schools. You will have the opportunity to help with some project work and also interact with some of the locals.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 9 (Saturday 9 November 2024):

Kabwe – Lusaka
Today we return to Lusaka and transfer to the Mariott Protea Lodge for an overnight stay. This afternoon is free for your leisure before we meet again for a farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Day 10 (Sunday 10 November 2024):

Lusaka – London
You will transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

Optional Extension

Day 10 (Sunday 10 November 2024):

Lusaka – Livingstone
Depart for Livingstone, a drive of around 8-9 hours. Before arriving we pay a visit to the stunning Victoria Falls! On arrival check into Jollyboys Lodge, our base for a couple of nights.
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Day 11 (Monday 11 November 2024):

A free day to explore the area. Perhaps take an optional excursion, such as a helicopter flight over the falls, a visit to a game reserve or a loval village (all bookable and payable locally).
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Day 12 (Tuesday 12 November 2024):

Chobe National Park
An early start to enjoy a full-day excursion into neighbouring Bostwana, to visit Chobe National Park – home to an amazing array of wildlife.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 13 (Wednesday 13 November 2024):

Livingstone – Lusaka
A final chance to enjoy an early morning activity, such as a sunrise walk, before departing for the drive back to Lusaka. Our final night is spent back at Eureka Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Day 14 (Thursday 14 November 2024):

Lusaka – London
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London, landing the following morning.
Meals: Breakfast

N.B. Adventure travel is unpredictable so the itinerary may change due to flight schedules, climate etc. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes outside of our control. Your guide and tour manager will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

Costs & How to pay

Total trip costs:

  • £2,700pp + £1,500 project donation
  • Each person must pay a deposit of £300 at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance of the trip cost is due no later than 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • You are also required to pay a £1,500 project donation to be paid directly to Baraka. This donation will help us purchase materials for the project work undertaken.


  • A single room is available for an additional cost of £250.
  • Single rooms are not guaranteed and are on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to availability.

Optional Extension

  • Costs TBC


What's included

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Transfers and transport in Zambia (as specified)
  • Accommodation (twin rooms)
  • Meals as specified
  • Activities as specified
  • Support staff from Baraka
  • Build manager
  • Different Travel tour manager

What's not included

  • Visa (this is currently free on arrival)
  • Vaccinations and anti-malaria medication
  • Travel insurance, personal expenses (e.g. tips, drinks, souvenirs etc.)
  • Single supplements
  • Optional extension

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